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    Swiss Braided (Zopf) Bread:
3 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cup milk
1 egg
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp sugar
4 tbsp butter, melted)
1. Warm the milk. In a bowl, combine the egg, milk, yeast, and butter. Stir. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, ensuring that the yeast completely dissolves.
2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the well. Mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a firm dough.
4. Move the dough onto a floured surface. Knead for approximately 10 minutes.
5. Brush a new large bowl with butter. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a dishcloth and put into the oven for 1.5 hours. It will double in size.
6. Remove from oven. Cut the dough in half and place on a floured surface. Taking one half, divide again into three equal pieces. Turn each piece into a long rope, 12” in length.
7. Lay all three ropes side by side. Pinch the end of three pieces together. Now braid. When you get to the end of the first loaf, fold the bottom under. Repeat with the second loaf.
8. Grease a baking sheet with butter. Place both loaves onto the sheet. Butter the loaves, then cover with a dishcloth and place in the oven for 1 hour. They will more than double in size.
9. Remove the loaves, and heat the oven to 400°F. Place them back in and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
10. Once the loaves are golden brown, remove them from the oven. Serve with a preserve or with any meal. "Kids are super easy. It’s being an adult that’s hard." @girlshbo @lenadunham
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1st birthday: theme

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Remy’s first birthday is on February 25. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone! To say that I will soon have a toddler is astonishing. 

I went back and forth on whether or not to have a big birthday bash for Remy. Contrary to what it may look like on Hello, Scarlett Blog, I am not one who seeks attention. I’ve never gone to any of my graduations (high school or university), we eloped for our wedding, and I haven’t celebrated my birthday with anyone other than family since I was a teenager. Instinctively, I am against hosting any large event. However, this one isn’t for me, it’s for my daughter. It’s to celebrate her and her life. While she won’t remember it, nor will she pay much attention to her gifts, I want her to look back on it through photographs and to know that we put in the effort to honour her. I also want her to see that she is and was loved by so many people. That is what ultimately changed my mind and made me pro-party.

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Now that I had mentally committed to a party, the issue of where to have it arose. Given that it’s at the end of February, and is still very cold on the Canadian prairies, anything outdoors was out of the question. We were in the midst of home renovations so our house was also out. My next thought was to rent a room in one of our local libraries. I had worked in the public library system for four years, and so I knew that they were great spaces to host birthday parties. After calling my favourite two, one of them had space available. I booked it over the phone, and immediately began brainstorming party themes.

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I can’t remember exactly how I came up with the theme Moonrise Kingdom, but when I did, there was no turning back. Geoffrey and I both love the movie immensely, and Remy’s own room is partly inspired by the woodland and whimsical nature of the Wes Anderson film. After looking up Moonrise Kingdom party photographs on Pinterest, I was hooked. I’m planning on going all in, and creating a room of rich, vintage colours and all things animal and forest-related.

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Additionally, I also plan on dressing like Suzy Bishop. Without realizing it until now, I already have her hairstyle! I want Geoffrey to go as Sam Shakusky, but I probably won’t spring that idea on him until right before the event. ;-)))

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I have a lot of DIYs to create prior to her party. I will be sharing them throughout February up until the day of the event. I hope that you will join me in preparing for birthday, and celebrating Remy turning one year old.

Have a great week!

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Emory

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